David and Claire

David and Claire Lottman

David and Claire Lottman are the proud parents of three amazing and talented boys, Derek, Dylan, and Jacob. David and Claire met in Tallahassee when they were both attending undergraduate college. After Claire completed her BS in Psychology from Florida State University, they decided to move to Orlando in order for Claire to pursue her dream in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology Master’s program.

On the other hand, David completed his BS in Business Administration and then completed his Masters in Finance and Accounting from Keller Graduate School of Management. After nine (9) years of working in separate fields but always supporting each other, they decided to open Camen Behavioral Services in 2015. Camen Behavioral Services provided ABA services in the home, clinic, and community settings.

During the past several years, David and Claire have been able to observe many classroom styles and experiences for children and often felt something was amiss. When they decided to homeschool their own children for two years, they researched a variety of curriculum and educational philosophies. When they fell upon the Waldorf education model, something felt RIGHT. After experiencing the joy of education first hand by seeing their boys loving to learn and hearing parents of Camen Behavioral Services asking for alternative schooling options, the concept of a Performing Arts school using the Waldorf education model was born.

We hope for children to learn how to experiment, use expressions, and gain fundamental skillsets while learning to be creative and build character.

For family time, the Lottman’s enjoy singing, dancing to music, hiking, watching Marvel Comic movies, and learning about nature. The boys have their very own garden and love watching their father chomp down on hot jalapeños!

Karla Ortiz

Karla Ortiz

My name is Karla Ortiz, and I’m looking forward to an incredible school year here at CAMEN Academy For The Performing Arts. I am a proud wife and mom of two amazing kids, Jean and Paola.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Special and Elementary Physical Education at the University of Puerto Rico. I am a certified teacher in the State of Florida. I began my educational career at the YMCA center as a VPK lead teacher. After a couple of years as a VPK lead teacher, I became a Kindergarten teacher in Osceola County School district. I spent ten (10) years teaching within the district as a VPK and kindergarten and second-grade teacher at Partin Settlement Elementary before accepting my first principal position at CAMEN Academy For The Performing Arts.

My educational experiences have offered me the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. My educational philosophy is based on my uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family. During my free time, I enjoy crafting, playing with my dogs, and spending time with family.

Larhonda Rivers

LaRhonda Rivers

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a certificate in Behavioral Forensics. Just years later, I began working in the wonderful field of Applied Behavior Analysis under the supervision of Claire Lottman. Once Camen Behavioral opened, it was a no-brainer that I would transition! I have been in the ABA field for almost six (6) years now. I also have a master’s degree in Exceptional Education from the University of West Florida.

I have such a passion for teaching these children in a way that they can understand. It is not for us to have the children adapt to our teaching method, but it’s for us to adapt to a teaching method that works for the child. Being able to make a difference in the life of children makes all the difference in my life.

I enjoy spending time with family laughing and dancing. I also enjoy experiencing new things and places.

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

Hi everyone, my name is Ashley Smith, and I am excited for a new school year together! I graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While attending UCF, I began working as a program assistant at the Conductive Education Center of Orlando which is a school that specializes in working with children that have motor disabilities. Learning how to support students with so many unique abilities made me realize that I was immensely devoted to this population of children. In 2017, I started my special education journey at the Broach School. Through differentiated instruction, I taught elementary and middle school students. In 2020, I took the opportunity to move to New York and taught 1st-grade special education. Taking a step into the public-school environment, I learned how to manage students’ cases regarding additional support received and attended the Committee on Special Education meetings. I returned to the sunshine state in 2021 and started here at CAMEN Academy as a teacher assistant and transitioned back to teaching for the upcoming school year! Through my many experiences with students and parents, I found myself wanting to learn more for my students. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Developmental Disabilities with a focus in Early Childhood at Nova Southeastern University.

When I am not teaching, studying, or sleeping, I enjoy going to the gym and experiencing new restaurants. In addition to my love for children, I am crazy about animals. I have a grey cat (Gambit) and a Frenchie (Reign).

I cannot wait to see you at CAMEN Academy this school year, where every student has the opportunity to learn in their own way.

Donna Alimonda

Donna Alimonda

Hi, I am Donna Alimonda & I am so excited for this school year, which will be FILLED with FUN, lots of LEARNING & NEW ADVENTURES!

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York & I moved to the Orlando area with my family over 30 years ago. I earned my Associate’s Degree from Berkeley College. Each year I continue to take additional classes to expand my knowledge and skills.

I have worked as a Teacher’s Assistant, Preschool Teacher, Substitute Teacher, and a Director of a Preschool. Additionally, I worked as an Instructional Paraprofessional for Seminole County Public Schools, grades K-5; and UCP where I learned to support children who are working towards overcoming the challenges they face.

In my free time, I enjoy playing with my two cats and going to the theme parks with my family & friends.

I love teaching because I love making learning fun for others. I am looking forward to this year – it’s going to be GREAT!

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